Ryan Leonesio struck out the final batter of the game to get out of a bases loaded jam and secure the second Section 6 Tournament victory in two years for his 11-year-old Turlock American All-Stars against the Delta All-Stars at Soderquist Park on Tuesday, 4-2.
“Our hearts were ticking harder at that 2-2 pitch; we beat a good team that battled till the end. They are very well coached. But it’s a fun moment for baseball,” Turlock American head coach Steve Abrams said.
In all four games that the 11-year-old Turlock squad has played, they have outscored their opponents 30-2, with both runs scored against them notched in Tuesday’s game against Delta.
The Turlock squad started the game off with a run in the first when Jake Abrams blasted a hard RBI single with bases loaded to drive in Silas Fredeen. Delta followed with an RBI of their own the next inning and made it one apiece. In the top of the third, Jonathon Neal blasted a solo home run over the center field wall to make it 2-1. Andy Owens would then follow with a solo homer in the fourth—his third in two games—followed by an Abrams RBI double to drive in Leonesio for the fourth and final run.
Matthew Livingston started the game, tossing up 87 pitches on 4 1/3 innings of work, allowed one run, walked three and struck out 10. Leonesio closed the game and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on a walk.
“Matthew was spectacular today he wheeled and dealed and only gave up one run. He was a huge asset to our win,” Abrams said.
In Sunday’s Section 6 semi-final game, the Turlock American All-Stars shutout the Manteca All-Stars, 14-0, in a four inning mercy-rule victory at Soderquist Park.
It was 10-0 by the end of the third inning, and the All-Stars rolled on all cylinders. Andy Owen led-off with a solo home-run shot on the first pitch of the game to trigger a five-run first for the Turlock American All-Stars. Owen added three runs scored, as he went 3-for-4, finishing the day with two homers and four RBIs.
Owen also started the game for the American’s and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing only one hit, no runs, and struck out four. Ryan Leonesio finished the game as he tossed up 1 2/3 shutout innings.
“I have been working really hard lately on my hitting and pitching with my coaches. I couldn’t have done it without them and my parents for their help and support,” Andy Owen said.
“Anything can happen at any moment. I was grateful we got to win and play another game,” Abrams said.
The Turlock American 11-year-old All-Stars will now get a bye and play on Sunday with a time and opponent yet to be announced.